The Philadelphia area is stockpiled with fun outdoor winter activities. From spending the day on ice skates to taking a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, the city offers an adventure for everyone—just make sure to bundle up!
The Blue Cross RiverRink is located on Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River and is a best bet for winter fun. The outside regulation Olympic-size rink overlooks the Ben Franklin Bridge and makes an impressive backdrop for night skating. It is complete with a warming pavilion, food and beverage concessions, skate rentals, viewing areas, a private party room, video games, lessons, and special events. RiverRink offers group skating lessons, which is a fun and unique way to get some exercise with friends and family.
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Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Price: Free of charge
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few wildlife refuges in an urban setting. It is home to more than 300 bird species. The wildlife refuge offers an excellent adventure for bird-watching enthusiasts. There are several foot trails to explore. Additionally, it is home to deer, opossum, fox, muskrat, raccoons and various other small animals. Darby Creek runs through the wildlife refuge and is a scenic ride for canoeists. The refuge also offers a variety of guided walking tours for adults and kids. A list of their programs can be downloaded online. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge provides a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere year round.
Camelback Mountain Ski Resort is the perfect escape for any ski or snowboard enthusiast. The Poconos ski resort is a mere two hours away from Philadelphia. The resort frequently offers great deals for a day or a weekend trip. The mountain is ideal for expert skiers, snowboarders, tubers and beginners alike. There is always something to do on Camelback Mountain.
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Time travel with a horse-drawn carriage ride in historic Philadelphia. The 76 Carriage Company offers a unique and elegant way to experience the city and all of its history. A carriage ride is perfect for a romantic tour or for a fun-filled family adventure during the cold winter months in Philadelphia.
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Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.